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A new report from the Marijuana Policy Project shows what each state with legal marijuana has earned on taxes since 2014. Colorado and Washington started retail sales of recreational cannabis back then. From all the states where it’s legal, states reported a total together of $10.4 billion in tax revenue, with over $3 billion reported in 2021. Some states have not reported in their take for last year yet though, so it could be higher. There are 18 states with legal marijuana, but eight of those are over the last 2 years. Seven states haven’t started collecting taxes. Since 2018, California had earned well over 3 billion dollars in tax revenue.

The full report is available here: mpp.org/cannabis-tax-revenue.

Congressman Jared Huffman is reintroducing his legislation to identify, restore and protect salmon rivers and watersheds nationwide. Huffman’s the Chair of the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife and the Co-Chair of the Congressional Wild Salmon Caucus. He says the legislation eyes the “ecological, cultural, and economic importance of salmon” which he reminds support tens of thousands of jobs, sustains fishing communities, generates billions of dollars in economic activity, and provides food for millions of people. And they hold immense cultural significance for Tribes. Congressman Mike Thompson is a sponsor of the legislation.

The Save the Redwoods League along with the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council are partnering again to protect coastal redwoods in the tribal territory on the Lost Coast. The League has purchased 523-acres which had previously been called Andersonia West. The buy to permanently protect and watch over the area for the Sinkyone who they then transferred the land to. In return the Sinkyone Council granted the League a conservation easement.

After a traffic stop last November, a Deputy found 33 year old Craig Lent in possession of fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, and LSD and items to deal the drugs in Lakeport. He was stopped again January 10th for traffic violations and found with guns and believed to be under the influence. Deputies with search warrants the next day found more firearms and fentanyl again, so he was arrested and held in the Lake County Jail. The Sheriff’s Dept. reports the guy had over 60 grams of fentanyl from the first traffic stop and the search warrants, plus a bunch of heroin, loads of meth, and multiple firearms.

Caltrans is studying several alternate routes to Highway 37 due to rising sea levels. The agency is also studying alternative modes of transportation for motorists who regularly travel the 21-mile corridor through Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties. A public meeting included presentations on potential routes or alignments, which officials said were not concrete. They were also asking for feedback as the study is said to be in its infancy. They say they’re looking for a solution proactively for an issue that may occur in the future, considering parts of Highway 37 could be “completely inundated” by 2050.

Still no favorite to change the name of the City of Fort Bragg by a group assigned to the task. After almost 1 ½ years, a citizen commission considering whether or not to dump the slaveholder’s name have not been able to reach consensus. Their final presentation showed they did come up with several alternatives, but there was no final agreement on a new name. They did however suggest rededicating the town to a different Bragg without the general’s background, but that too, was not a sale. The commission was appointed in the summer of 2020 as the country reeled from anti-racism protests amidst the backdrop of the pandemic.

We could be seeing a descension down the mountain of omicron fueled coronavirus cases. The state is apparently seeing a sign of a lull as infection rates and hospital stays are waning. The State’s latest projection model showed more than 15,000 people in the hospital with coronavirus, half what was anticipated. And the data also showed positivity rates down 15%. Hospitalizations were also down 50% to lower than 7,700. Public health experts say that ICU stays have not yet peaked though, so we could see about 3,000 ICU patients in the next week.

A man from Sonoma County accused of killing another man in Lucerne last summer has pleaded not guilty. Nova Maye Deperno of Occidental is accused in the murder of 63-year-old Ronald Meluso who was reported missing last August. Then last month the Lake County Sheriff’s Office reported they thought there was foul play involved in the disappearance and called Deperno a person of interest. He was arrested last week and charged with several felonies. They also say Deperno showed them where the body was located, off Bartlett Springs Road in northern Lake County. Meluso died from a gunshot and Deperno has been charged in the case and for four other felonies. He’s held without bail and faces 25 years to life in prison.

The sale of hundreds of tax defaulted properties in Lake County is moving forward. Yesterday the Board of Supervisors was considering the move for this spring. There are over 900 parcels set to go up for auction now. Lake Co News reports the Treasurer-Tax Collector Barbara Ringen presented a resolution to approve the sale of 942 tax defaulted properties. That’s like 3 times what the agency has presented I the past. But there’s been a push for more after the City of Clearlake demanded thousands get sold and sued to get it done. The city even went to the state to spur the sales. The sale of these 942 properties will be online from May 27th to June 1st.

A woman accused of killing the passenger in her car due to a drunk driving crash in Lucerne is being charged with vehicular manslaughter. 30 year old Justin Dale died in the crash Sunday and Patricia Murphy, the driver, is being charged in the case. The prosecutor’s office says Murphy was driving a 2012 Volkswagen and rear-ended a parked Ram 550 work truck on Highway 20. Dale died and Murphy had minor injuries. The CHP arrested Murphy for DUI after the crash. She was arraigned yesterday and is held without bail.

The Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon say they have money to make sure people who get sick with COVID can take time off work and get paid leave. The money from the state as part of an agreement so employees can get supplemental paid sick leave through Sept. 30th. This is part of the Governor’s budget. Other early moves, restoring business tax credits, research and development credit and net operating losses, limited during the COVID-19 Recession; tax relief for those who got grants for restaurants and closed venues; and more money for the Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program.

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